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Life & Fashion Bite: The Cosmopolitan Lingerie Show!

On Monday night, me and a couple of girlfriends headed across London (in the cold!) to the Cosmopolitan Lingerie Show! The venue, One Marylebone, is actually a church, and was floodlit with vivid pink lighting and looking rather impressive! Heading upstairs, there were plenty of stalls to peruse, a hair styling station and a nail bar, as well as free fizz (I don’t think we can call it champagne…!) and delicious macaroons at the Ann Summers’ stand by the door!

IMG_0191There were freebies galore and I won some brilliant scarlet ruffle knickers in a lucky dip! Unfortunately, they’re too big for me, but I might just have to let that go and wear them anyway…although I’m not sure it’s a very sophisticated look…maybe it I have a cancan party to go to! We’ll see!

IMG_0402The fashion show took place downstars and there were vivid pink cocktails (Trying to pretend to be Cosmopolitans I think….) and plenty of delicious canapee’s! A couple of rather tasty waiters bringing them around as well…

IMG_0197The first half of the show began with a speech from the founder of the ‘Coppa Feel’ charity – This charity is admirably striving to promote breast cancer awareness and really trying to spread the message to girls, women and even men that checking your breasts thoroughly and regularly is really vital in catching Breast Cancer early. The disease affects thousands and can be cured if caught early, but sadly, it so often is missed and is only treatable – as the founder of the Charity demonstrates – she was diagnosed in her early 20s but it was caught too late and she lives with it today. I have a great deal of admiration for both her and the charity, and think it’s a really inspiring message…I’ve been touched in my life by cancer of several forms, Breast Cancer being one of them, and I know the vital importance of checking yourself often…Not that I have much to check!!

I absolutely adore lingerie, and I’m a big fan of matching sets! I always buy the matching bottoms for my bras, normally in a couple of styles and pairs so I can wear the bra more than once between washes (dry clean only does not get washed after every use! I am not made of money!) So I pretty much fell in love with almost every set that was paraded through the audience…take a look:

Lingerie 1Lingerie 4I love the florals that are showing in the spring lines, especially these three, I want them all!!

Lingerie 2These reds are gorgeous, and I’m madly in love with the set on the right from Gossard, but they don’t have my size..!!

Lingerie 3All of the lines were showing a lot of this turquoise/teal green for their spring collections, and I think it’s a stunning colour…but guess what? Not in my size!!!

Lingerie 5It was great to see some ‘plus size’ models…I don’t really like the term to be honest, and these ladies looked fabulous…aside from anything else, they get to wear the lovely lingerie and I can’t because I’m TOO SMALL!!

After the first half of the show, we had a browse back upstairs and had our nails done! Can’t pass up a quick manicure opportunity! I visited Rigby and Peller, who I have always loved, but can’t often afford, and they have some simply stunning nightwear (lingerie as well, obviously) in their current lines…beautiful silk robes and chemises and little lacy nighties and slips. I wanted to climb inside their racks (no pun intended…!) and spend the night!

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Picked up our gift bags as well, and boy are they great! They really delivered here…hair products, make up, a couple of pieces of lingerie and a lovely nightie from Freya (Which is too big, but I’ll survive!) as well as a few little snacks; Popchips (my absolute favourite savoury snack at the moment!) and some divine little hazelnut pralines from Cadbury’s…mmmm!

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Second half of the show was ‘after-dark’ themed I guess…we got a lot sexier and some more to-die-for sets on show….:

Lingerie 6I’d happily have all of these please…

Lingerie 7I can’t be entirely sure whether they’re advocating a sort of lingerie-party-wear look for evening dress, of whether its artistic styling….I hope it’s the latter! As much as I could ALMOST wear the middle ‘outfit’ out, it’s a bit see through when you look closer!!

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Lingerie 9I won’t lie to you, I was a bit more interested in the Trench-coat that the lingerie beneath, but I think the sequinned set on the left is a great little ‘festive’ look!

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Lingerie 8Cute little pieces but all I could think was “Why is the model in red wearing an eye-mask…like you’d actually SLEEP in that underwear?!!” I’m not a fan of Ann Summers, and lots of ruffles and too much ‘kitch’ but they’re quite cute and if they’re your taste, head over to Ann Summers!

A really fun night, and some great looks in the lingerie department for the Christmas and Spring lines coming up. Definitely check out the new Freya, Rigby & Peller and Gossard lines, they are to die for! And Curvy kate is great for the curvier ladies out there…absolutely no use to me but…D-K Cups rejoice!

And, as a special treat for you all, I picked up a couple of Discount Vouchers and I’m going to share the codes with you all!

Get 20% Off Full-Priced Lingerie at Gossard until 14th November: Enter ‘COSMO20’ at the checkout!
Get 10% Off Figleaves’ Erotique Collection until 11th November: Enter ‘EROTIC10’ to claim!

So although there seems to be some ‘prejudice’ against people with little boobs and small backs (Okay, full disclosure, I’m a 28A…) I just adore lingerie. There’s nothing like wearing a stunning matching set to make you feel really good about yourself. Even though no one sees it (unless they’re lucky!), it’s really great to feel sexy underneath all day long!

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Thursday Bite: Get Ready For The Fall!

Thursday Bite: Get Ready For The Fall!

paper-autumn-coffee-books-notebook-290x290I’ve said it before; as far as I’m concerned, Autumn doesn’t begin until next week, so I’m using this week to prepare for Autumn. In every way!

Uni starts back up next week and my French Language course begins in the next couple of weeks too, so it’s time to get organised and prepared for some work!

It’s been oddly warm here in London all this week, so it definitely doesn’t feel like Autumn, but I’m told (although BBC weather may not be as reliable as it would have us believe…) that next week the mercury will begin to drop again, starting the steady slide into winter and the dreaded negative numbers!

With the dropping temperature of Autumn, obviously there is a need for a new wardrobe. Jumpers, scarves, cardigans, boots…the list goes on and I’m totally un-prepared for Autumn so I need to start stockpiling the woollens!

Furthermore, now that summer is almost behind us (I know…who am I kidding?) I need to over-haul my beauty regimes and make-up bag. I need to say good-bye to the light summer tones and hello to the intensive moisturisers (to soothe the wind-battered skin!) and dramatic Autumnal make-up tones.

So…one hell of a to-do list…But I shall begin as I mean to go on (and I secretly love making lists and plans and over-preparing for anything I can!)

GET ORGANISED!

Flatpack bookshelf assembly instructions: 2 People 1 hour. Bookshelf
Last night: 1 girl, 35 minutes. Take that Ikea!

So I put together my new bookshelf last night. It’s a cheap thing from Ikea until I can get hold of a nicer one; I might steal one from my parents’ house…But anyway, for months now I’ve had a growing collection of piles of books, papers, files and folders in various locations around the floor of my room, and it was getting ridiculous.

Anyway, I spent the rest of the evening enjoying a nice fuzzy-feeling of accomplishment…now all I need is some new stationary for the upcoming academics!

Starting out a new academic year (or term or even week…) organised and fully prepared really sets you up to buckle down and get hard at work. Out with the old and in with the new!

AUTUMN WARDROBE!

I’m not going to deny it, I’ve thrown myself into the acquisition of a new wardrobe with vigour!

I always make use of the Summer sales to grab some bargains on the essentials for Autumn, and I’ve been preparing for this season for a couple of months now!

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See my review of Hush’s Autumn/Winter line for all the essentials, and I’ve already put in my first order for the season…currently compiling the second!

Must take a trip to Sloane Square this weekend to pop into Massimo Dutti, Reiss and Anthropologie – who have a great ‘20% off Dresses’ offer on at the moment – as well as all the other favourites to really kick off Autumn in style!

I’ll begin my Autumn Fashion Series next week, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the preparation for it this week! The single best thing about the colder weather (and let’s face it, there aren’t many positives…) is the need for a new wardrobe. And I savour it!

Making use of the summer sales and starting well ahead of the season to get the basics and essentials for the colder weather is a great way to spread the cost and grab some bargains, leaving you the space to splash out on luxury statement pieces when the A/W lines drop!

BEAUTY MAKE OVER!

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The most important thing about a beauty regime in the Autumn and Winter months is taking care of your skin. The cold and wind and rain really take their toll and making sure that you have a solid beauty regime is vital to keepyourself looking healthy and take care of your precious skin! After all, skin is for life, not just for Christmas!

I’ve started researching the new products in skin care this season, and I’ve been hunting around for some good deals and trying out all the samples! There’s no point in spending a lot of money on products that aren’t right for my skin and will turn out to be a waste of money…

I’ve started getting quite a few things on ebay at the moment…if you look hard enough, you can find some great make-up deals on completely new and unused products, as long as you know what you want and what you’re looking for!

My biggest MUST for Autumn make up, however, is get in new foundations/powders etc! the sun-kissed glow of summer skin is already beginning to fade an

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d so often people (me included sometimes) forget to change their products with the change in skin tone! I’m off to Bare Minerals’ GoBare Tour this weekend to get ‘re-fitted’ for the coming season. I don’t often wear foundations and many skin products in the summer as they’re heavy and I don’t need much, but when Autumn hits, I need to start wearing a little more!

Take advantage of as many samples, testers, trials and free products as you can before you splash out on a new set of Beauty products for Autumn. There’s no point in wasting money on below-par products or treatments that aren’t right for you. Experiment before you buy, but remember, skin-care is an all important MUST for this season!

Saturday Bite: The Social Life…

When I’m really busy all week and then have a million and one things to on the weekend, it’s very easy to get stuck in a bubble.

I socialise a lot with peopele from work: It’s a PR company, it’s part of the package! And I see social life 3my flatmates (albeit not much this week…) but sometimes I completely lose track of my social group outside of these two spheres. I’m sure everyone knows how easy it is to get in a bit of a rut. But if I want my life to be anything like Sex and the City (I’m not that sure I do, but the principle stands!) then I need to try a little harder!

All week I’ve been out at the crack of dawn before either or my flatmates have even stirred, and by the time I’ve got back from work, they’re been out already at their respective bar/club jobs. I work days, they work nights…I may as well live alone some times!

So, Alex (my male flatmate) is out working again tonight, but Katherine (my slightly manic, completely loopy but lovely other flatmate) is home, so I thought it would be nice to have one of my best girlfriends Emma over for dinner.

I’m going to cook some dinner (I adore cooking but I never bother when I’m cooking for one), and there will be wine, conversation and pudding…What more could you ask for?!

With the stress of the week, it’s really nice to relax, have a nice meal, a catch up and a bit of a gossip (do I sound old?) and with the cost of ‘going out’ in London as much as it is these days, staying in is by far the cheaper option! That, and with the weather as chilly as it is at the moment

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It’s easy to let your social life slide, especially when you’re busy, but making time to catch up with close friends (or even meet new people if you’re daring!) even if its just a quick coffee or a meal together can really make the difference. Everyone’s busy, but that’s no excuse to forget about the important people in your life!

…God…I really DO sound old!

Culture Bite: Pompeii and Herculaneum

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The stunning bay of Positano!

This June I went to Positano with my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin.
It was a glorious holiday with stunning weather, a sweet little hotel on the beach and some delicious food and drink!

But enough bragging! I’ll get to my point;
Whilst we were there, we went to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum. Needless to say, it was awe-inspiring and staggering to see the scale of such a catastrophe and the level of preservation is incredible, especially in Herculaneum, where the pyroclastic flow carbonised and preserved a huge number of artefacts.

pompNot to mention the frescoes that have survived, in both Herculaneum and Pompeii!

I’ve always loved the classical periods – Ancient Greece is my passion, but the Romans were pretty interesting too – and to be able to walk in the footsteps of those people from thousands of years ago and see how they worked, played and lived their lives was incredible for me.

Anyway, the point is, as were were being shown around the city, we quickly foundlife out that a vast number of the artefacts that would normally be there were actually in an exhibit somewhere else…London! We’d come all the way to Italy and half of the most interesting and striking artefacts were back in London!

So, today I met my Aunt for lunch and we decided to pop in to the Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibit at the British Museum. She’s a member so we got to skip the queues and go straight in! Lucky us, acting all VIP!

The exhibit is extraordinary. It is laid out in the plan of The House of the Tragic Poet, one of the most magnificently preserved villas in Pompeii, which we walked around whilst we were there. You are taken from room to room and the artefacts within are all related to the area of the home;

  • Vestibule – Sort of the entrance hall, and it was hilarious to see signs that were erected between neighbouring houses to resolve ‘boundary’ issues – some things never change!
  • Atrium – This room was spectacularly decorated in Pompeii and the frescoes on the walls were still incredibly vivid and striking. You can see carbonised stools, tables, chests – which are all beautifully carved and ornate – as well as gorgeous mosaics where the detail is incredible and the preservation near immaculate.
  • Cubicula – The bedroom. Here there is a wonderful selection of make up and beauty products! Carved mirrors, ornate and stunning jewellery and tiny perfdoggume bottles, tweezers, make-up pots and dishes and cleaning products; I was rather jealous of the Roman womens’ collection!
  • Culina – The kitchen. Here there are even the carbonised remains of food – you can really see the walnuts, figs, pomegranates and almonds and it turns out they really liked to eat doormouse, so much so that they had special terracotta ‘jars’ in which to fatten up the mice!

Obviously this doesn’t even scratch the surface, but these were some of the things that stood out to me, and of course the plaster casts of the voids left by the people that were trapped and killed by the ash were very poignant and moving to see.

Then of course there is the proliferance of the phallus…

I find that, often, learning about different cultures and different times can really affect and inform my view of my own life. It can make you stop and think…look at the similarities between ourselves and the Romans over 2000 years ago, and we’re still making the same mistakes…but it can also fill you with joy for the human race! The celebration of love and life in Pompeii and Herculaneum was adundant, and we should try to bring that to our lives now! Learn about our past, go to exhibitions and let our human history inform your human future!

Me and the cus amongst some ruins...

Me and the cus amongst some ruins…

Monday Bite: Start Right!

Nobody likes Mondays, me least of all.alarm

The weekend’s over and it’s back to the drudgery of the week all over again! But I find that if I treat each Monday like a little new beginning, it gets me through the day and sets me up for the week.

I guess what I mean is, I try to start as I mean to go on. If I can do Monday right then I find that the rest of the week follows in the same way.

So…

I get up on time – now I’m naturally a pretty early riser already, but still, 6am is pretty painful. I have to be at work at 8:30am and need to leave just over an hour for the commute (It normally takes less time, but London transport…) and I HATE HATE HATE to rush around in the morning; it stresses me out for the whole day – another even smaller beginning! – so I need to give myself an hour and a half to shower and get ready and eat breakfast etc.

So, up at 6am, into the shower and it’s cold here now, so getting back out isn’t fun either! Slap on a bit of makeup, do my hair, get dressed and get upstairs (my flat is upside down) for breakfast!

Which brings me to yet another ‘start right’ moment: Breakfast.

I know so many peoplebreak skip breakfast altogether, but you need to eat within an hour of getting up to kick start your metabolism and really get you going for the day. I never miss breakfast, and I always make sure it’s balanced, healthy and NOT RUSHED…nobody wants to start their day with indigestion…

So some toast with Jam – yummy! And some fruit with yoghurt and a sprinkling of cereal (or melon, strawberries, cocopops and yanilla yoghurt, which doesn’t sound or look as good as that picture..!) Nice BIG cup of coffee and I’m set for the day.

Brush my teeth, grab my things and I’m out the door. On a positive note.

It’s really all about starting well for me, if I start something I like to finish it and so I find that if I start something on a good note then I tend to end it on a good note as well. So if I start my day well, and in a positive way (there’s something to be said for sitting down with the radio on and enjoying your breakfast every day) then I tend to take that through with me to the evening. I’m productive, I get through my work and I’m in a happy and positive mood.

I think you should start every week – every day even – in the way you mean to go on. It’s a new beginning, it’s a fresh start and you know, if you start right, you end right.

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