Sunday, 31 March 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: URBANISTA IONIC WITHOUT A PADDLE BRUSH




I’ve been searching for a great de-tangling brush for quite some time. For an unknown reason, I seem to wake up in the morning often with matted sections of hair…god knows what i’m doing during my sleep!?










This brush from Urbanista is fabulous at de-tangling my hair with ease, and most of all, comfort. It’s also great for styling too, as it can be heated up with a hairdryer to help your style hold. When the brush is hot enough, it changes colour to white so that you know when it’s ready.

You can get it at the Co-op Pharmacy online for £12.99.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

IN LOVE WITH: FAT FACE S/S13

Casual fashion brand Fat Face have just opened their latest gorgeous Glasgow store at the new retail outlet on Buchanan Street, the Buchanan Quarter.

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I was invited by the lovely people at Fat Face to go on a little spending spree, and this is what I chose. I badly needed some casual flats, and these are perfect and so comfortable. The craftsmanship of the leather and suede are of such a high quality, and they look so cute.

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As well as the two pairs of shoes, I also got a light day scarf. I have tons of scarves; but I fell in love with this blue and grey heart print one as soon as I saw it, and just had to have it.

Gwen Boat Moccasins, £40.00

Demi Tassel Moccasins, £40.00

Love Heart Scarf, £19.50

If you haven’t experienced Fat Face yet, or the new Buchanan Quarter, you need to get down there and take a look.

Friday, 22 March 2013

STYLE @ MERCHANT SQUARE HOUSE OF FRASER SS13 FASHION SHOW




Last week I was invited to attend a fashion show in Glasgow in aid of the fabulous charity, the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s Brick By Brick Appeal to build a new Glasgow hospice at Bellahouston Park. The event showcased the gorgeous SS13 collections from House of Fraser’s concessions and own brands; such as Biba and Linea.

The show focussed on four main trends for the season- Monochrome, Neon, Metallics & Brights, as well as the store’s stunning evening wear lines.

Here are some of my favourite looks, and how to buy them…




Untold Colour Block Peplum Detail Dress, £130




Untold Beaded Pattern Sleeveless Dress, £180




Label Lab Tie Dye Hareem Trousers, £55




Mary Portas The Jazz Clutch Bag, £89.00

Label Lab Silver Leather Skirt, £140

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

WHAT I'M DRINKING... COFFEE WITH MY OXO FRENCH PRESS CAFETIERE

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The other week I was sent a huge OXO Good Grips 8-cup French Press cafetiere (£34.99) and some Douwe Egberts coffee to try it with. I’ve been using it constantly ever since!


The cafetiere itself is made from glass and stainless steel, and has a silicone groundskeeper to collect the coffee grounds and remove them quickly and easily.


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It makes great coffee; but what’s best is that it is mess-free. It has got handy measurement markings too, so you don’t have to do any guess work to measure out the number of cups you want.


My favourite coffee that i’ve been trying it with this week is Douwe Egberts No.3 House Blend; which is described as ‘a smooth and well-rounded coffee’. It’s a great all-day blend. 


There are lots of tips for using the OXO French Press on their Facebook page.

IN LOVE WITH: EMMY ROSSUM IN TOPSHOP...

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I love the Topshop dress that actress Emmy Rossum wore this week to Justin Timberlake’s album launch party. The elegant Spring florals look stunning.


I have quite a few events coming up in the next couple of weeks, and I am deciding between a few floral party dresses from Simply Be at the moment, as they make them to suit my plus-size and shape. It’s important, as when you are plus-size, the cut needs to be right when you are wearing a fussy pattern.


Floral prints are one of the major trends this SS13, and were all over the catwalks during the recent fashion weeks. Florals always make me feel sunny; but I just wish the weather would improve. Easter and snow do not go together!


What styles of dresses are you liking this season?


Photo Copyright: Rex Features

Monday, 11 March 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: AMBERMIST INSTANT TANNING MOUSSE


Ambermist Instant Tanning Mousse is a mousse-based fake tan, that applies easily and dries fast.


It goes on with immediate colour which makes it easy to see where you’ve applied it, and any areas that you’ve missed. The colour then develops over the next 8 hours.




I applied mine with a self-tan mitt. The mousse spreads easily and blends well. It dried in less than a couple of minutes too.


It does have that strong fake tan smell that increases as it develops, however. Also, when it’s applied, it makes you look mucky; so i’d recommend applying just before bed then showering in the morning to remove the dirty excess and the smell. You’ll then be left with a fabulous even tan that will last days without getting patchy.



It’s paraben and alcohol free, and contains aloe vera. It’s developed for sensitive skin with its in-built moisturisers, conditioners and skin firmers.


I am by no means an expert fake tan applier, and have had many a mishap in the past; but I am really pleased with the results from this product.


Ambermist Instant Tanning Mousse is available for £12 from www.ambermist.com.

Saturday, 9 March 2013
















LOOKING FORWARD TO: REDECORATING MY BEDROOM…

My bedroom is stripped, and ready for decorating. ‘Mr A Life With Frills' says I can have it as girly as I want; so I will. This is what is inspiring me at the moment on Pinterest. Do you like this style?


If you want to follow me on Pinterest, you can do so here.

Friday, 8 March 2013

A LOOK BACK AT AWARD'S SEASON STYLE...

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The red carpet is often dominated by Hollywood’s latest young talent vying for the limelight in the latest trends. However, it has been reassuring to see that, in recent years, it’s the more mature and experienced female actresses who are stepping out in the most dazzling outfits.


There’s no doubt that having a great catalogue of work and a few wins or nominations under your belt (à la Meryl Streep or Julianne Moore) certainly helps boost your confidence on the awards circuit; but a little experience pays dividends in the style stakes too.


Here is a run-down of some recently celebrated actresses who should be taking home a best-dressed actress award…


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Helen Hunt has been charming critics with her recent film The Sessions; but her performance on the red carpet has been just as captivating. Helen kept her look simple, clean and floor-sweeping with a gorgeous midnight blue halterneck gown; which she wore to the recent Palm Springs Film Festival – demonstrating the elegant and effortless style she has become famous for.


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Sally Field also opted for midnight blue at the Golden Globes, in a striking off-the-shoulder crepe gown with plunging neckline. The Lincoln actress and two-time Academy Award winner showed off her gorgeous petite figure and fabulous neckline with a classic cut.


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Amy Adams broke into the big time at 31, but she has been scooping up the best roles and the most stunning fashion ever since. Star of Paul Thomas Anderson’s acclaimed film The Master, she wore a beautiful strapless rose-coloured fishtail gown by Marchesa to the recent Golden Globes; accentuating her curves and delicate shoulders. She completed her vintage look with 1940s-inspired waves – a classic hairstyle that suits a wide range of ladies dresses.


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Naomi Watts, star of The Impossible, is one of Australia’s hottest exports and an experienced and versatile dresser. She managed a demure yet daring look at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with a striking floor length black gown, plunging neckline and sheer overlay. She chose to complete the outfit with turquoise drop earrings which set off her stunning blue eyes perfectly.


Red carpet photo copyright: WENN

IN LOVE WITH: DEBENHAMS' SS13 COLLECTIONS

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Debenhams held their SS13 Scottish press show in Glasgow this week; showcasing the latest offerings from their Designers at Debenhams ranges and their concessions. 


Debenhams favourite Ben de Lisi was in attendance to show off his dresses and swimwear collections, as was TV fashion guru Mark Heyes.


I’ve picked out my favourite fashion pieces from the show; with a ti-pee thrown in for good measure…


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Faith Blue ‘Desire’ Platform Heels


John Rocha Scallop Dress


H! by Henry Holland Navy Dog & Bone Jacket and Trousers


Kid’s Floral & Bird Print Ti-Pee


If I don’t get this ti-pee for my birthday in May, I am going to be very angry.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: BENEFIT'S NEW FAKE UP CONCEALER

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On Monday I descended on Hugh’s Champagne Bar in Glasgow’s House of Fraser department show to discover the secrets of Benefit’s new concealer Fake Up from their Head Make-Up Artist Lisa Potter-Dixon.


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The bar had been turned into a Benefit paradise with Fake Up walls and cushions, and a Benefit make-up counter to have a play with their other products.


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The Fake Up concealer comes in 3 shades- Light, Medium and Deep. The sticks look amazing withtheir moisturising outer rim, and coloured concealer centres; and I love the idea behind Fake Up not just concealing but moisturising too with it’s Vitamin E and Apple Seed Extracts.


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We were given all three shades home so that we could experiment with them. They can be used not just as a concealer; but for contouring also (by  using a shade darker than you would use as a concealer).


I am most definitely the Light shade for concealer, and i've been trying mine out for the last few days. I really wanted it to be the perfect concealer for me; but unfortunately it isn't. It just doesn't give me enough coverage. I need my dark circles hidden, and it just won't do that for me. I am impressed however with its contouring abilities. If I contour with a mix of Medium and Deep (as Deep is slightly too orange on its own for my Snow White skin tone) it has great effects that last a long time. For me, Fake Up is my go-to contour product rather than concealer.


Available at end of March at Benefit counters nationwide, and online, for £18.50.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

BEHIND THE SCENES AT DISNEY'S OZ THE GREAT & POWERFUL PRESS JUNKET

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Last week, in my role as Editor of Twinkle Style & Travel Magazine, I went to London for the press junket of Disney’s latest film Oz The Great and Powerful.

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I saw the film in 3D the the screening room at Dolby’s headquarters in Soho Square; so the sound and picture was as good as it could possibly ever be. The film was amazing; and as a major Disney geek, I think it is one of the best they have ever made.

Oz The Great and Powerful tells the story of how a travelling circus magician came to be the Wizard of Oz; and how the Wicked Witch came to be as we know her. It was gripping, thrilling, and funny from the beginning, and pays an excellent tribute to the original 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. In terms of the storyline, Oz The Great and Powerful is a prequel to that original film.

For all those wanting to see the film, I think it’s really important for you to see it in all it’s 3D glory. You would miss so much in just 2D.

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After the screening, I went to the press conference in the delightful Claridges hotel’s ballroom; where the cast (Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff and James Franco) and the director Sam Raimi talked about the making of the film.

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Michelle, Rachel and Mila discussed how important putting on the costumes were in getting into character; and how they contributed to the costumes during rehearsals. Michelle Williams did not like the original costume for Glinda, and it obstructed her from getting into who she thought the character was; so it was changed to a longer dress.

Sam Raimi talked about having to study the process of filming in 3D, and this was his first 3D film. He explained some of the difficulties in shooting in 3D such as large objects like hats taking prominence in the foreground when he wanted to focus on the mid-ground.

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All of them discussed their love of the original The Wizard of Oz, and how it was important that Oz The Great and Powerful kept the same feel about the world of Oz as a place and it’s inhabitants; and describing their film as a ‘love letter’ to the original.

During the press conference, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff were doodling, and here’s what they drew:




Oz The Great and Powerful is released in UK cinemas on 8th March.
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