Showing posts with label Vintage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vintage. Show all posts

Beau Jardin Luxury Hand Creams

Monday, 1 September 2014

I have a 'thing' for all things floral and/or vintage inspired - and this doesn't stop when it comes to buying beauty products.

Beau Jardin from Heathcote & Ivory make the most gorgeous toiletry products. All their packaging has been beautifully created in a vintage French style. Seriously, vintage and French - does it get much better???

I've had the pleasure of trialing their Shea Butter Hand Creams in all three of their wonderful scents. These scents were inspired by the tradition of mixing and blending home grown herbs and floral essences.  The Beau Jardin range is packed with lovely ingredients like Shea butter, vitamin E, oat bran, almond oil and contains no parabens or sulphates.

The three different scents include; Citrus Grove, Rose and Geranium, and Lavender and Jasmine. They are really light, and pretty, floral scents - quite traditional but not so traditional they smell like old lady perfume.

I love their little motto - “a treat for today springing from the wisdom of yesterday”

The hand cream is lovely and rich. It soaks into the skin to leave your hands silky smooth. The tube does take a little warming up to help get the cream out easier – if you don’t you’ll be squeezing for some time as it is quite a thick cream. But don’t let its thickness put you off, when  it warms into the skin it’s pure luxury.

I have really enjoyed using the creams; they keep my hands soft and smell great – a really top product all round and not too badly priced at £8 for the set of three! They are small so good to keep in your handbag - and I like to swap and change depending on my mood. Overall I would recommend them and their packaging means they also make great gifts. You can buy these pretty potions from the Heathcote and Ivy website here.

p.s - there is an offer at the mo if you spend over £15, see below..
















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Vintage and Retro Festival

Friday, 28 March 2014



A few weekends ago I went along to the Brunel Swindon's first ever Vintage and Retro festival with the lovely Stephanie from Stephanie Dreams and Jess from Total Guide.

The festival took place over the weekend with lots of locals getting involved. The Brunel's own vintage shops Carry on Vintage and Miche Niche styled the catwalk - with wonderful vintage hair styled by the lovely Sass's Hair and Beauty. There was also a fab make-up demonstration from the students of Swindon College (which is where I did my makeup course!). They were kindly gifted make-up products from the Boots No 7 brand - which believe it or not, was first launched in 1935!

One of the highlights for me was a lesson in 1940's fashion from the wonderful Biltz Buddies group. They are a group of friends who all share a love of the Blitz era. They had the most incredible clothes - including original pieces as well as beautifully crafted reproductions. They even had an infamous hard wearing CC14 coat and a parachute silk dress - and let's not gloss over their very own Captain Mainwaring!

The event also had vintage cars, music, dancing and a vintage market. Over all I really enjoyed the day - it was a welcome change for my little home town and I am looking forward to seeing what the next one has in store!

Here are some snaps of the day:







 














Review // Jaino Nail and Beauty Gelish Manicure

Tuesday, 22 October 2013



I popped over the the lovely Jaino Nail and Beauty Salon to have a gorgeous Gelish 21 day manicure for tried and tested over at Total Guide to. Sharon was my nail technician and she was brilliant. She seriously has the most amazing collection of colours and designs - more than I have ever seen anywhere!

The V&A - Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

Sunday, 6 January 2013




Yesterday I spent a wonderful day out, with my Mother, at my favourite London haunt 
- the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The museum's fashion section boasts a splendid collection of clothing and footwear. 
We decided to visit the Ballgowns: British glamour since 1950 exhibition before it ended on the 6th of Jan.

The exhibition was brilliant. I haven't been to the museum since they re-launched the fashion rooms - but they looked fantastic. 

The exhibition contained some amazing iconic dresses; including a beautifully embellished Norman Hartnell dress worn by the Queen Mother, and the famous Catherine Walker pearl dress worn by Princess Diana. The collection included dresses from the 1950's up to modern day red-carpet numbers.

One of the most breathtaking dresses in the exhibition was by Alexander McQueen. The lilac-grey duck and ostrich feather dress, from the S/S 2011 collection, was simply stunning.

The exhibition was only on for a limited time. But never fear -if you missed it there is always the Fashion Rooms which are equally wonderful and open all year round.

Unfortunately you aren't allowed to take pictures in the ticketed exhibitions (the one above is a press image) - but you can in Fashion Room.

So, here are my favourite pieces from the Fashion Room at the V&A.


A 1930's Wool Jersey Bikini.


A 1930's Machine Knitted Swim Suit.


A 1930's Linen Beach Trouser Suit.


1950's Dior Fan, Shoe and Bodice.


1880's Jacket - Silk Voided Velvet Trimmed with Arctic Fox Fur and Chenille Fringe. 


1940's Utility Shoes.


A 1760/70's Silk Damask Dress.


1770's Silk and Leather Shoes and Buckle.

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Pants Pink Pants?

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I spent a lovely Sunday in Bath and stumbled upon a cute vintage fair in Milsom Place (opposite Jolly's). 

I was donning my favourite pink leggings - I picked them up from H&M in Seoul, Korea, on one of my outings with good friend, and faithful shopping partner, MaLeah.

Needless to say, my boyfriend despises these delectable heavenly pink pants/trousers* - which I'm sure makes the rebellious girl in me love them even more. 


Leggings from H&M and shoes from Dune.


The Secret Tea Party had a pop-up tea room -complete with gorgeous retro tableware and equally gorgeous looking cakes and treats.




We had a delicious mini chocolate cup cake each - topped with scrummy chocolate butter-cream and an edible pink rose bud. Mmmm.. it makes me hungry just thinking about them...




Raccoon & Me Vintage had a little Aladdin's cave of clothing and accessories. I think it made my mouth water just as much as the chocolate cupcake. Raccoon & Me is run by the lovely Elaine - who was put on the spot when my boyfriend asked for her honest opinion of my beautiful pink trousers/pants. 

Thanks Elaine for siding with me, and 'Ha' to you Kevin.. (smug-looking-face)




Being, as it was, my birthday weekend my rather generous boyfriend may have treated me to the rather glamours ginger fur coat - as pictured above.

Cupcakes and a new coat makes for a rather good Sunday - if I do say so myself.

*Pants used as well as trousers in  honour of my American friend MaLeah.

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