I mentioned yesterday about Gary McQueen (top-left) and his scarf debut collection: Life – Death – Rebirth. The collection is a tribute to Alexander McQueen, his uncle. For the Life scarf (top-right), the modernist fantasy birds design he said he used real pigeons, trained to take parts in photoshoots. That is impressive.
The second one (bottom-left) is Death – carved ivory. Alexander cared about animals and he incorporated that in his collections, like NATURAL Dis-Tinction, Un-Natural Selection in 2009. He presented the impact of humanity on the environment by using antique taxidermy in an artspace in a building used as a morgue in Paris. As I said, Death was my favourite scarf. As it’s silk and quite expensive (£250), I will not buy it. I don’t wear silk for ethical reasons.
The last scarf of the collection (bottom-right) is Rebirth, a celebration of femininity.
I’ve embedded the youtube video again, as it’s just as relevant today as it was yesterday.
I wasn’t sure if I should make two posts or one about British Style Collective, a fashion event that took place in Liverpool last week. It’s The Clothes Show Live, renamed and moved to Liverpool from Birmingham. As I have over 30 pictures and a short film, the choice was made for me by the amount of things I want to share. Tomorrow a new post will follow with details about Shopping and Designers. Have a look at British Style Collective’s website for more information until then.
I was so excited about it, that I planned what I want to see every day. I didn’t make it to two of the things planned as they started at 10 and in the mornings we are busy and we got there a little late.
The Catwalks were at St. George’s Hall. I think they couldn’t have picked a better location for them. St. George is a beautiful historic building with stunning decorations and a perfect place for high end fashion shows.
Recognize her from Next Top Model? She is Hilary Alexander, a judge from Britain’s Next Top Model. I watched a few season of that show and I’m a big fan of hers. I also saw versions from US and Australia and I have to admit I prefer the British one.
I’ve been nominated by Llinos to do the Bedtime tag. I wanted to make it a little different, so I write about my bedtime routine in detail, while I answer all the questions in the tag. I’m not nominating other bloggers, so if someone wants to join in, leave me your links as I would love to have a look.
My bedtime routine is the same, regardless if we went out or we had a cozy night in, the only difference is that if we are going out I’ll remove my makeup. At home I don’t wear any makeup. Also, the hour might be different too.
Describe your usual bedtime routine.
I will always brush my teeth and clean my face. Only after that I would change into my pyjamas. After that I will apply lip balm, eye cream, night cream. After that I brush my hair and plait it, it’s too long to let it loose. Next thing I do is I would pop into bed, where I would apply hand cream. I would read a few pages and then go to sleep. It’s a simple routine.
I got this Konjac Sponge last month and I’ve been using it almost daily. I like it a lot, so I though I should talk about it on my blog.
The sponge I have is from Konjac Sponge Company and it’s the French Green Clay Konjac Facial Puff Sponge, at £8.99. The sponge is 100% Natural, free from colouring and additives.
You might have heard about Konjac as a low-calories pasta, as I did, have a look here at what I said about the pasta. It’s a sort of potato, a perennial plant from Asia that was used for hundreds of years.
I feel it cleans the face very good. I’ve been using it with and without cleanser and I think the results are pretty much similar. It exfoliates the skin gently and it feels smooth and clean. Because it’s similar, I usually use it without cleanser.
My sponge is made with French green clay. This clay is a strong antiseptic and it’s recommended for combination skin, like mine. To use the sponge, keep it for less than 1 minute in the water until it gets soft. When it’s dry it will harden.
This month’s review is less a review and more of an idea, just because the make up organizer I have sold out in shops. I got it from B&M. Similar one can be found online though, at Home Bargains for £5. I wasn’t sure if it will be of good quality as it has a low price. In the end, I was so happy with it and I end up buying two.
I got the first one a few months ago. It was a little bigger than I wanted but it fit in a cabinet and I had to rearrange a few things to make space for it. I have enough space for everything I need to store in it and there is still a little bit of space left for anything else I might decide to get and use.
I used to keep my nail polish in my bedside table. Some of the makeup was in the bathroom and the rest in a drawer. Now that I have everything in one location is great. I keep in the bathroom only the makeup remover and, of course, the cleansing products, like face wash, lotion, masks. Because I moved all the makeup in the bedroom, now I can see and use easily the things I have in the bathroom. The samples and new items are kept in my bedside table until I decide to use them.
After having it for a couple of months, I bought another one for the caravan.
In the caravan, the makeup organizer, was a life saver. I have a traveling makeup bag that I’m using, but it’s so much easier to have all the makeup and cosmetics within easy reach when I’m looking for them. Before having the makeup organizer I used some glasses for the toothbrushes. I found that in the caravan, the makeup organizer was even more important as I keep there all the cosmetics and stuff for my hair too. As you can see, the organizer has more things in it, as I have there the shower gels and so on.
In November, on Black Friday, I bought some cosmetics and makeup from Boots, including this No7 Overnight Revitalising Hand Treatment from their Protect and Perfect range. Protect and Perfect range is for women in their 30s – early 40s. I started using the hand cream at night and I was delighted with the results. Before I used to use hand cream twice a day and still had dry hands. In a couple of days after starting using the No7 Overnight hand cream, my hands looked great and I used it only once, before going to bed. I have to admit the results where even better than I hoped for.
I’ve been using the cream for a month and a half and I’m very pleased. As it’s less than half left, I will buy it again next time I go to Boots. The No7 hand treatment is £11.50 at the moment. It might sound much for a hand cream, this is what I thought when I saw the price, but I think it’s worth it. I’m very happy with it, it’s better than other cheaper creams I’ve tried and I use it once a day, not twice or three times. Another thing I love about it is that it’s made in the UK. I’m willing to pay a little bit more to have products made locally. Even so, Boots has offers for No7, like the 3 for 2 for cosmetics and I’m going to take advantage to get a couple more products, maybe the day hand cream and a mask.
I use quite a bit of product and it’s absorbed quickly and it doesn’t leave a greasy feel, like other hand creams I used before. I feel my hands are soft even when I cooked a lot and I washed my hands many times. I should have taken before and after pictures, but I had no idea it will be so good.
The hand cream can be used in 24 months after opening, so there is plenty of time to finish it all. It mentions on the tube that it contains a component that may increase sun sensitivity and it would be recommended to use a SPF moisturizer. The day cream would be a good choice. During winter I don’t feel I need it, but I would definitely use one in the summer.
Update: The sole of one of the boots had a split in it. So I had them for 4-5 months.
I bought this pair of Hi Gear Kinder WP Walking Boots two months ago from GO Outdoors. As I avoid leather, finding some walking boots that are long lasting and good value for money is not as easy as it seems. I have off road trainers, but they aren’t that comfortable on pavement as they are in the woods. Also, I really needed an waterproof boot as in the mornings the grass is wet and, in our walks with Festus I walk on the grass.
When I bought the walking boots, they were on a even better offer. At the moment the boots are £30. The first thing I liked about them was how they looked and the purple accents. I tried them on and the boots seemed comfortable enough. We all know that this can be slightly different when you get to wear the footwear. I was happy with them, as a boot it gives me extra support in the ankles and they are lightweight. The Hi Gear boots are comfortable to wear. It’s the first time I buy something from them, but I would gladly buy other footwear made by them.
On the last two camping trips, the one in Scotland and one in London, our walks involved woods and the “waterproofness” of the boots was tested. I was very pleased with them, as my feet were dry and warm.
Now I’m considering getting another pair, just to make sure I have suitable boots for a long time. Going out with the dog every morning and every evening in winter means I need a good pair of boots.
Do you wear walking boots? Which brand is your favourite?