Ciate Haute House Nail Polish

Ciate Haute House sale

This week I was lucky enough to receive the beautiful Ciate Haute House collection of mini nail polishes which includes 5 shades in Fashion Week metallics! With deep autumnal tones of aubergine, plum and petrol, each colour has been created using the brand’s new rich ink formula which translates to smoother application and a perfect shine which looks glossy and luxurious before you even apply a top coat. In fact I actually wore mine here without a top coat at all and you can already see the shine.

Being darker shades, the collection has only just launched to correspond with autumn/winter and whilst the full set would normally cost around £22, I’ve actually found a little private sale on at the moment with European flash sales giant, vente-privee! From today, you can shop a selection of Ciate‘s best-loved polishes as well as some adorable gift sets and collections including Haute House, Beach House (a summer equivalent) and the brand’s incredible Nail Lab which is, as the name rather suggest, a complete kit of nail art creativity for customising your own polishes.

Find out all about the sale which will only last a few days on the vente-privee website, it’s free to register and you’ll instantly have access to a whole universe of discount shopping… it’s very addictive though so you have been warned!

Ciate Flash Sale on vente-privee from the 1st of October to the 6th of October.

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Stella McCartney x CANON Limited Edition Collaboration

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Yet again, London Fashion Week has been one full of stunning designs, outrageous outfits and exciting announcements and not least is this very unique and unexpected collaboration between one of my hero designers, Stella McCartney, and Canon UK.

The limited edition camera bag has been named after Stella’s mother, Linda, and there will only be 1000 bags available exclusively to London’s Selfridges and Harrods.  Unfortunately, for those hoping to snag just the super cute bowling-style bag, it does come as part of a set including the white Canon EOS 100D for a not-too-unreasonable cost of £1,200. Well hey, unique style comes at a price… and it does double up as a designer handbag!

The collaboration was revealed on Sunday night at the 2014 London Stella McCartney Green Carpet Collection, a certified sustainable event co-hosted by the crème de la crème in fashion, Livia Firth, Natalie Massenet, Stella McCartney and Anna Wintour.

The Stella McCartney x Canon UK bag will be available from November 2014.

Cruising the Fjords of Norway

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It’s been months now since we returned from an incredible cruise into the Norwegian fjords and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only just made time to sit down and put this post together! I have to say though, it feels like it was only last that we boarded the impressive cruise ship, Horizon by Croisieres de France, and set sail from Calais.

Our itinerary took us first to Stavanger where we dined on fresh seafood at the local fish market and whilst the food was to die for, I wished I’d listened to the rumours about Norway, prices really are astronomical and I ended up paying almost £40 for a sandwhich and apple juice!

After 2 days visiting various villages in the fjords (Hellesylt, Geiranger, Flam) we headed back towards Calais stopping off in Bergen for a day of shopping, sightseeing and general strolling. Again, the food at the fresh fish market is to die for here and a little less of a shock when presented with the bill… although this is perhaps due to the fact we were now quite used to paying 3 times the expected prices for anything in Norway!

For anyone thinking about booking a short cruise to the fjords, I can only recommend that you stop thinking and just grab the opportunity. Truly, I don’t think any number of images, documentaries or tales could have prepared me for the absolutely impressive and tremendous sights of these landscapes, it was actually chilling to feel so small and insignificant in the presence of such natural beauty!

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Cela fait des mois maintenant que nous sommes rentrés après une semaine incroyable dans les fjords norvégiens et j’ai honte de dire que je viens tout juste de prendre le temps pour m’asseoir et écrire ce post ! Ceci dit, j’ai l’impression qu’il s’est passé que quelques semaines depuis notre retour après ce magnifique voyage abord notre bateau de croisière, Horizon de Croisières de France.

En partant de Calais un dimanche après-midi, notre itinéraire nous a amener en premier à Stavanger où nous avons manger des fruits de mer tout frais au marché de poissons, un repas qui était juste à tomber par terre ! Par contre,  je vous conseil de bien écouter les rumeurs au sujet de la Norvège car les prix sont vraiment astronomiques et j’ai fini par payer près de 50 euros pour un sandwich de crevettes et un jus de pomme !

Après 2 jours à visiter les différents villages dans les fjords (Hellesylt , Geiranger , Flam) nous sommes retournés vers Calais avec une pause à Bergen pour une journée de shopping, de tourisme et de promenade dans cette ville très agréable. Encore une fois, notre déjeuner au marché de poisson etait un delice et cette-fois ci avec un peu moins de choc a l’arrivée de l’addition… probablement dû au fait que nous étions maintenant tout à fait habitués à payer 3 fois les prix habituels en Norvège !

Pour ceux qui envisagent de réserver une petite croisière sur les fjords , je ne peux que vous recommander d’arrêter d’y penser et de saisir l’occasion. Sincèrement, je pense que n’importe quel nombre d’images, de documentaires ou d’histoires aurait pu me préparer pour ces paysages absolument impressionnants et puissants, c’est juste une sensation incroyable de se sentir si petit et si insignifiant dans la présence d’une telle beauté naturelle !

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Gold-Leaf Tattoos and Balenciaga Heels

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I’ve never been into tattoos. I’ve never really been mad about temporary tattoos either but every rule has its exception and these gold-leaf DCER tattoos are mine! I love how subtle the gold-leaf appears on my skin tone and they’re beautiful in the sunshine (not that we have many of those days left)!

I bought these on the DCER website and received my pack of 8 tattoo sheets, and a few freebies, in just 2 days. Once applied, the tattoos last about 5 days despite wearing mine through an evening in the jacuzzi!

DCER Temporary Tattoos online and in select stores

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Je n’ai jamais été fans des tatouages ​. En faite, je n’ai même jamais craqué pour la mode des tatouages ​​temporaires non plus mais chaque règle a son exception et dans mon cas il s’agit de ces magnifiques tatouages feuilles d’or de la marque​​DCER ! J’adore la subtilité du dorée qui est sublime sur la peau, surtout quand le soleil brille (bien qu’il nous reste peu de jours d’été cette année) !

La semaine derniere, j’ai acheté mes tatouages sur le site DCER et j’ai reçu mon petit colis de 8 feuilles de tatouage, et quelques cadeaux en plus, en seulement 2 jours ! Une fois appliquée sur la peau, les tatouages ​​dure environ 5 jours même en le portant toute une soirée dans le jacuzzi !

Trouver plus d’infos et acheter vos tatouages ​​temporaires en ligne sur DCER et dans certaines boutiques

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La Dolce Weekend in Sardinia

Sardinia Porto Cervo flowersHaving gone AWOL for the past two weeks, I’m thrilled to share the reason behind my guilty two weeks of no posting and I’m sorry for the endless appearance of smug vacation Instagrams! That’s it now for sunsets, beach toes and gelato, it’s back to reality for now but this summer’s island roadtrip has brought me some of my fondest memories and I’ll be hanging on to those moments until my next adventure.

Having spent an exciting 10 days in Corsica, we hopped over to Sardinia from Bonifacio (a speedy 45-minute ferry journey) finding ourselves in the rainbow-coloured seaside town of Santa Teresa da Gallura which quickly led to a 48-hour whirlwind of shoe shopping, tiramisu eating and beach bumming along the stunning Emerald Coast.

For any lucky jetsetters in search of a weekend escape or holiday destination, I highly recommend the north of Sardinia (I’ve yet to check out the southern coast but I hear the beaches of the north are considered the most beautiful on the island)… See below my favourite addresses for inspiration.

Olbia: This was the largest town we visited and great for super cheap shoe shopping. Avoid the tourist traps and grab lunch at L’Arte nel Gelato, they put together a delicious focaccia sandwhich and the tiramisu gelato is to die for! For a cheap and cheerful hotel, we stayed in the Hotel de Plam along the port which was perfectly located if not the most luxurious!

Santa Gallura da Teresa: Grab your camera and spend a morning walking around this little seaside town, taking in all the pastel-coloured houses and exotic plants. There are several steep climbs in this town so choose flat shoes over heels. For unique and very affordable handmade jewellery, check out the beautiful boutique, Preziosemozioni di Giuseppe Muru (P.zza San Vittorio 3) and then head to La Lucciola (Via Maria Teresa, 42) for some absolutely delicious pizzas, served by the slice.

Porto Cervo, Cannegione & Arzachena: One of the most charming hotels of our trip was the little family-run Hotel La Borgata in the hills set away from the coast. We drove down to the coast for afternoons at the beach and dinners by the port but were glad to retreat back into the peace and quiet after a long day. Whilst Porto Cervo is a must-see destination, there’s not much to do unless you’re planning on spending a fortune in Cartier and Louis Vuitton.

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