November 11, 2017
There was much anticipation surrounding this December’s edition of Vogue. The first release since Edward Enninful took the reins after Alexander Shulman announced her departure back in April. Enninful is the first man to hold the post of Editor-in-Chief in magazine’s 101-year history. The cover photo, a striking close-up of the British model and activist Adwoa Aboah, has had many commenting on the nostalgic 70’s look. However, with contributions from the likes of Zadie Smith, Naomi Campbell, Sadiq Khan, Steve McQueen, Grace Coddington, Skepta and a tagline of “Great Britain” Enniful is very firmly stamping a new modern take on one of the industry’s longest running publications.
Perfect for jazzing up a plain outfit or as a comfortable evening shoe option these fab eye embellished loafers from New Look are our first pick this week. Coming in at £25.99 they are a great value update for day or night before we move fully into boots and thick socks weather.
I have to confess that my interest in mascara and its many incarnations, the various brush shapes and formulas is practically non-existent. If it’s black, doesn’t leave me looking like Bette Davis in ‘Whatever happened to Baby Jane’, doesn’t irritate my eyes or cost over £20 then I’m in. This one by Essence has been getting YouTube beauty bloggers in a spin due to its brilliant performance, holding its own and even outperforming high-end mascaras. Mostly though the fuss is because of the price, a ridiculous £3.30. I picked one up at Wilkinsons (LOVE Wilkinsons) and yes, this cut-price product is worth the hype.
Matalan holds that weird position in the market, above Primark but below Next in terms of price and trends BUT things are shifting, especially with their home ranges. Many stores have had recent refits and the emphasis on its homeware section has grown and rightly so. They had too many products for me to pick just one but these cushions and throws are worth a mention for both design and price points.
Confession number 2; I don’t like Prosecco (or Champagne) I KNOW! I just don’t. But I do like Pavlova. So, in the interests of the people I’m sharing this recipe. As with other Pavlova recipes the choice of fruit doesn’t have to be precious, raspberries would work just as well and for that matter so would using a shop-bought meringue.
The velvet jacket is an Autumn/Winter staple; it fits perfectly into the 70’s trend and also makes a great evening cover up. Dressed up or down, it’s a versatile look that never really goes out of style. I wear mine with jeans and a tee as well as a coat alternative on a night out. Velvet is everywhere at the moment and there are some great velvet dresses about. For me, a jacket whether a classic shape or kimono style brings the most wears and is pulled out year and year.
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