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Archive for August, 2010

Winter Cords

It’s coming up to that time of year again. September is on it’s way and Autumn/Winter 2010 collections are hitting stores.

I haven’t worn cords since I was a kid, but having seen it styled by Free People (in the photo above), I think their skinny cords would look perfect teamed with ankle boots, the muted pastel colours are a perfect way of adding colour on a dreary day. I particularly like the one on the far right in the above photo, FP Super Skinny Cord in Rust £43.79, www.freepeople.com (international shipping available).

River Island have dark red skinny cords for £29.99 (below), www.riverisland.com 

Sometimes it’s nice to wear a skirt, so Gap currently have a cord pencil skirt in new vineyard (£35) in their stores and online, www.gap.eu


Canon IXUS 1000 HS


I’m contemplating upgrading my compact digital camera, and have always had a preference for Canon (my photographer friend said that they’re the best). So on a recent browse of Canon’s website, I came across their new addition to their IXUS range.

Available in silver, brown and pink (my favourite colour) , Canon’s IXUS 1000 HS marks 10 years of Canon’s IXUS digital cameras.

        IXUS 1000 HS Key features:

  • 10x optical zoom with IS
  • Compact, stylish metal body
  • HS System with 10.0 MP CMOS
  • Full HD movies. Dynamic IS
  • 7.6 cm (3.0″) PureColor II G LCD
  • Super Slow Motion Movie
  • Smart Auto and Smart FE
  • Shooting modes. Best Image Selection
  • Wink Self-Timer
  • Hints & Tips

What appeals to me most is the 10x optical zoom, the 10MP sensor should be more than sufficient to produce good quality images and the fact that it’s compact, perfect for carrying in my handbag. Oh and the pretty pink colour is perfect for us girls.

Sample image (using the IXUS 1000 HS) below is from Canon’s website:

The camera is out in September 2010, and priced at £349. You can already pre-order this at Jessops:


More info:


I may wait until there are some reviews, but I think this will be the perfect camera for me.

Update: I found a great review of this camera on a website called trusted reviews click on link below:

Click here for review

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Genetic Denim Autumn/Winter 2010 Looks

Genetic Denim is one of my favourite brands. The denim is soft and of good quality, washes well, retains its shape and unlike J Brand where the inseam even on their skinny jeans are ridiculously long (unless you happen to be 6ft), Genetic’s inseam are just perfect so no need for alterations.

I own three pairs now, and the one below named The Shane cigarette in Torn (inseam: 32.5ins, $198), is one of my favourites as I love rips in my jeans but my mum doesn’t get that, so these are not too ripped and the dark denim is perfect for dressing up and down in. I bought mine off a website called www.shopbop.com who are based in the USA, but they offer free international delivery in 3 days or less (yes, it was delivered to me in that time-frame), and I could track my shipment at anytime, what I saved in delivery, I paid in customs tax, but it was only a small charge.

This slim cigarette jean has been out for a while and has been spotted on quite a few celebs including Halle Berry & Beyonce. It fits true to size for me, not too tight and not too loose. It seems that this is one of their popular styles and is featured again in Genetic’s lookbook for this fall.

The two other styles that I can’t wait to come out and am contemplating buying are The Twiggy jean in Strip (Inseam: 32.5ins, $198), same cigarette type leg as the Shane but has a mid-rise and so perfect for wearing shirts with (as the model is wearing below).

Finally, Genetic’s The Cass (Inseam: 32.5 ins, $198) has slashes in the knee and look really cool and edgy (below).

I love all three of their cigarette styles, I know I’ll wear these all through Autumn/Winter with a pair of pretty heels and a silk blouse for evenings out, and a jumper & ankle boots during the day.

Where you can buy: Both offer international shipping, but shopbop currently offer free international delivery within 3 days.

www.shopbop.com or www.geneticdenimstore.com

French Connection’s 1972 Vintage Collection


I recently spotted this gorgeous 70’s style vintage Grace lace shirt on the French Connection website.

It’s part of FC’s capsule range, their original best-selling designs in 1972, the year that they were founded.

The shirt costs £45 and is styled on the model in the way that I’d wear it – with jeans and perhaps inject a bit of colour by teaming with some pretty Mary Jane shoes (I like the pink suede take a bow shoes from Office – £65) and a vest underneath!

Estee Lauder: Original Pleasures versus Pleasures Bloom


I love spraying my neck and wrists with fragrance.

The original Estee Lauder Pleasures perfume has been my signature scent since my mid-teens. Over the years, I’ve bought many perfumes, most of which have only been squirted a couple of times, and none of them compare to Pleasures. I guess I’m a little boring, once I love something, I’m incredibly loyal and would always keep using it.

I recently read an article on new fragances in Marie Claire magazine, and noticed that a new version of Pleasures had been released. So on a recent trip to Boots, I see the Pleasures Bloom bottle sitting on the counter, the same sheer bottle as the original Pleasures but with a pretty pink flower around the top. The advertising is very good, the beautiful model, Hilary Rhoda, sitting in a field of flowers (much like Elizabeth Hurley & then Gwyneth Paltow in the advert for the original years ago).

I sprayed the tester on my wrist, the fragrance is light, pretty but a bit too fruity for my liking.

Estee Lauder keep creating different versions of Pleasures, but the original is my favourite of them all and the one that I’ll continue to keep wearing. If you like light, fresh, floral scents then this original version is for you. I prefer my scent to not be too overpowering that you immediately notice it from a mile off, particularly as my mum is quite sensitive and strong smells can give her a headache, and this is the only one that my mum likes and occassionally asks to spray some on her wrists 🙂

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Chanel Allure Homme Sport

This is my absolute favourite fragrance on a man.

There is nothing more attractive than when a man gets up close, and you can smell a subtle fragrance on his neck.

Chanel Allure Homme Sport is a light, fresh, citrus scent that is absolutely irresistable and unique…